Planning climate resilient coastal cities: learnings from Panaji and Visakhapatnam, India

This working paper is a result of TERI’s year-long study which aimed to develop and test approaches that can increase resilience of infrastructure assets and the services they provide in developing nations. Chapter 1 of the working paper provides a brief introduction to the project. Chapter 2 and 3 provide an overview of the broad approaches adopted for this year-long assessment in the project cities of Visakhapatnam and Panaji. For each step of the study, the experiences and challenges have been summarized with an objective of sharing the learning from the project and deriving lessons for practitioners. Chapter 4 highlights a methodology called the Climate Vulnerability Assessment for Coastal Cities (CVACC) which was developed as part of this study. Chapter 5 discusses the approach for developing the recommendations for the project cities and Chapter 6 suggests key lessons and scope for future work in this area which could further strengthen this research.